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Posted November 26, 2012
Queen of the Waves is a fantastic Titanic story. First off, the movie absolutely traumatized me. I was in the third grade and saw people jumping from the ship, Jack freaking died… oh my god! I was a mess. That’s why when I saw this book had something to do with the Titanic, I was leery. I’ve never read a book on the Titanic, so I thought I’d give it a try. You don’t hear screams in a book.
Jacqueline is privileged; her parents want her to marry someone she doesn’t love. Instead, she fell for the gardener, Peter. She wants to stay where she is, she does not want to live in her grandmother’s house, and the two of them make plans to get Peter’s sister, Tessa, on board instead. Tessa is abused by her father. Peter wanted a better life for his sister, so the plan was set. Tessa went through training to become an heiress and was finally ready for her voyage. Little did they know, this little devious plan would affect them greatly… and not for the good.
This book didn’t disturb me at all like the movie. Instead, it was an enjoyable ride. Don’t get me wrong, the sinking of the ship was still awful to read about, but the plot was so interesting I had to know what was next. Jacqueline and Tessa are strong characters who know what they want. It’s hard being a woman during those times, but both of them held their heads up high and took on the world. Just because you know the ending of Titanic doesn’t mean you know the ending of the characters. My heart bled and soared with the characters’ feelings. The plot had nice pacing; I didn’t skim any pages. There wasn’t a lot of romance, which was fine with me… it didn’t take anything away from the plot. If you’re like me and are iffy about a Titanic book, don’t worry about this one. I recommend it for you too!
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Posted November 8, 2012
Jacquie Abingdon is in an uncomfortable position. Her father wants her to marry his potential business partner. Jacquie on the other had wants to marry the gardner Peter. When Jacquie's mother offers her a ticket to America to escape what amounts to an arranged marriage, Jacquei formulates her own plan. She and Peter decide to help Peter's sister escape a harsh home life. So Peter's sister Tessa will take Jacquie's place on the ship while Peter and Jacquie make plans for a new life. Tessa is both excited and nervous by this prospect, but overall considers herself very lucky to be in the amazing accommodations of an amazing ship like the Titanic. However, both Tessa and Jacquie will have to deal with unexpected complications stemming from their decisions to try and start new lives.
I felt drawn into this book from the start. It took almost no time to get into the meat of the story, although it did take a bit to actually get to the Titanic voyage. I liked the aspect of Tessa taking over Jacquie's life. Jacquie seemed like a pretty sincere (if a bit naive) person, so you wanted her to do well. I really felt for poor Tessa. What an awful life she had, and yet she still seemed to love parts of it. I also found it interesting that in a Christian book, there was a plot point that showed how bad religion could be when taken to extremes, such as Tessa's father did to her. The abuse Tessa had to withstand due to her father's (drunk) delusions was awful. I did find it endearing that she found so much comfort in the pet pig. I guess we all look for comfort wherever we can get it sometimes. I also managed to feel bad for Jacquie. She clearly wanted a life of her own choosing, and not one she was being forced into.
I appreciate the historical aspects of the book. You certainly got a good feeling for what it was like on the Titanic, although I wish there had been more explanation of which characters were real people on board the Titanic. I recognized a few of the bigger names, but I wondered if some of the people were based on real people. That might have helped me get into the story even more. When reading a book like this, you know where things are headed for the most part. Clearly the Titanic is going to sink. The joy in books like these tend to be the smaller details and human faces given to the victims. I really sped through this book, and I would recommend it to people who love history in general and the Titanic specifically.
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Posted October 1, 2012
The maiden voyage of the Titanic was the opportunity of a lifetime. For many, it was a voyage to a new home, a new life, a new beginning. When Jacqueline Abingdon sees that her father has made marriage plans for her without her consent, the ship becomes the main part of her escape plan. For Tessa Bowen, her part in Jacqueline's plan will give her a new start in life, if she can carry off her part of the masquerade. But everyone's destiny is changed in unforeseen ways when the voyage comes to a tragic end.
There has always been a fascination with Titanic. An untold number of books have been written on the subject, movies have been made, and museums and memorials have been erected in her honor. One hundred years later, we still can't get enough on the subject, and I admit to being one of the worst Titanic-philes around. I love a good book, fiction or non-fiction, connected with the subject, so you can imagine my excitement when this book, the first in Summerside's American Tapestries series, arrived. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. This novel does a good job of telling the personal interest side of the story. The characters are well-developed, causing the reader to care about the outcome of each one. The author has maintained the accuracy of the historical aspects of the story. This was a compelling read, with no violence, sexual situations, or strong language. I look forward to reading the future installments in this historical romance series.
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Posted October 5, 2014
"Queen of the Waves" is a lovely story that takes place on the ever-grand Titanic. It certainly has an intriguing plot: A young woman of high society, Jacquie Abingdon, is being pushed into a marriage that will forge two businesses together. But this marriage is not with the man she fancies. When an alternate route presents itself, she gladly jumps on board to escape her father's critical eye. Except, Jacquie doesn't jump on board the Titanic, but makes a deceptive switch with Tessa Bowen, a drunkard's daughter, to trade places. In Jacquie's naive mind, this is the only way she can remain with the man she truly loves.
There was quite a bit of romance intertwined into the base of the plot. It is just a collection of sweet love stories all rolled into one book, but still too much for my taste. I was slightly confused that one of the young men in the story, Nathan Patterson, singled out Jacquie in the opera crowd, and later singled out Tessa on the Titanic. He "eyed" each of these young women, you might say, and he didn't realize that they were in fact, switching each other's lives. (It was just a strange coincidence that didn't need to happen for the story to progress.)
Indeed, it's a story of heartbreak. I was greatly interested in the plot of the book, so much so that most of the time I forgot that the characters were on the Titanic, sailing into doom. Overall, a good book. I also enjoyed the Christian aspect of the story that vividly shines through.
"There is a truth, however, that stands the test of time. No ship can penetrate it, no iceberg rise up against it. Nothing anyone builds or claims ownership to, short of the Almighty. It is the truth of God's love for us---love that crashes through even the coldest, most frigid heart."
Posted December 24, 2013
What could be better? Reading a book that takes place aboard the Titanic with a wonderful Christian message. And a little romance on the side! This is my kind of book, and I absolutely loved it! I have been fascinated with the Titanic for most of my life, and in light of the anniversary celebrated concerning this disaster just this year, this book could not be better-timed. There were times I was so drawn into this book that I forgot where I was (which isn't good when you have a room full of students).
I was touched by the pathos of the story and the inspiration of the characters. Tessa was absolutely captivating, and Jaquie certainly needed a "come-to-Jesus" meeting throughout most of the book. I don't think she always lived in reality. I loved seeing each character develop and be changed by the Lord, and there were even some things I hadn't considered about the sinking of this famous ship. I really don't want to give it away, so I won't say any more about that.
The Christian message was woven into this story in expert fashion. I can only hope that this author will choose to write a sequel because I would absolutely love to see what the characters did next. Although the book has an obvious conclusion, there were still a few loose ends to tie up. I am happy to report that profanity and sex scenes did not exist within this book, so it is a clean romance. And the Christian message was appropriate and not overdone.
So if you just can't get enough of the Titanic, this is the book for you!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted October 28, 2012
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Posted October 16, 2012
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